Ondo State Governor, Arakunrin Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, has has explained why his deputy, Agboola Ajayi, was prevented from leaving the Government House on Saturday evening.
The Commissioner of Police in the state, Bolaji Salami had stopped the deputy governor when he wanted to vacate the Government House with his aides on Saturday .
Though Akeredolu claimed he did not know anything about the CP’s action, he accused Ajayi and his aides of wanting to leave “the premises with items wrapped in unclear ownership.”
The governor, who made his position known in a statement on Sunday by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr Olusegun Ajiboye, described the CP’s action as “most desirable.”
The statement read in part: “It should, however, be placed on record that it is a time-tested code in government’s business for officials to take inventory of offices and quarters before and after an official moves in or out of offices or quarters.
“Accordingly, the CP’s intervention which was at the instance of an almost manipulated security apparatus at the Government House was most desirable to restore law and order.
“It becomes particularly worrisome and suspicious when aides of the deputy governor insisted on leaving the premises with items wrapped in unclear ownership as late as 11 pm.
“Governor Akeredolu reiterates his commitment to the rights of all, including the deputy governor.
“But he has a duty to be firm and dispassionate in exercising the roles assigned to him.”